Travelling with children on lap during flight

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  1. Analise
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    Analise Silver Member

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    When we aren't allowed to hold our briefcases, laptops, other small carryons or even purses on our laps during takeoff and landing due to safety concerns that there is no guarantee they'll stay on our laps in case of problems, where are these airlines' safety concerns regarding children on people's laps?

    Where is the logic? What protects these children?
     
  2. Walt_K

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    The logic is that they've made a calculated balancing of risks and said that your laptop, briefcase, whatever may be an obstruction to people being able to easily exit the plane in an emergency situation. The risk is probably minor, but it is seen as enough of a risk to outweigh the inconvenience to you of having to stowe your item under your seat or in the overhead bin. Without getting into how much more motivated you will be to keep hold of your baby than your purse, the calculus obviously changes when talking about putting your baby under your seat or in the overhead bin.
     
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